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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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1,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 76
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of ppoitras


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

11.2oz bottle from a Belgian sampler pack purchased from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is short-lived, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is a bit of a sour funk with some belgian malt sweetness. Taste is slightly spicy Belgian malts, with a bit of a tang. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, very approachable for a Tripel.

01-16-2005 20:50:19 | More by ppoitras
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

is this really a tripel ipa? hmm..


the beer is a brilliant gold with hypnotic carbonation and a steady thin head. aromas are malt, sugar, slight hops and slight medicinal. nothing strong or offensive, and nothing too exciting.

taste is very smooth. butterscotch and candy sugar with licorice and a mild alcohol bite on the finish. not bad though considering the alcohol content.. 10.5%? if i had to place it, i'd say a 9% tripel.

van steenberge is a brewery to watch with lots of interesting offerings. people criticize this beer for lacking complexity and i agree. steenberge makes plenty of complex beers (bornem double, gulden draak). this one is crisp, refreshing, and delicious in its own simple way. don't hate the player, hate the game.

01-14-2005 13:45:21 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of tomthumbsblues


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Received this 11.2 oz. bottle as part of a Christmas present. Appearance was an opaque dark orange or honey color and produced a 2-finger head. Stream of carbonation came from the bottom. Smell was malt and citrus, particularly lemon. Taste was banana, cloves, apple and slightly bitter towards the end. Alcohol was a bit upfront in the taste and smell. Mouthfeel was moderate, but warm and bready towards the end. This beer has a great flavor, but I got knocked out after drinking it.

01-13-2005 21:47:33 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of merlin48


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the ridiculous pirate on the label. Pours into a tulip glass a slightly hazed, canary yellow/orange body with a plump, vanilla hued head that lasts forever. Enormous carbonation is appparent in the glass, and some sheets of lace are left on the glass.
Tropical fruits front the aroma, with mango, orange, and pineapple. Also, a note of lemon, and some spicy clove and coriander. A whiff of fusel alcohol is impossible to ignore.
Good mouthfeel is typical for style, with explosive carbonation and a medium body.
Taste begins with sweet banana and mango, clove, and some white pepper. Danky, dry yeastiness and hops creep up in the middle, as does some raw alcohol bite. Finish is even between the tropical fruit sweetness and hop and yeast bitterness, but the high alcohol presence distracts.
This is a pretty good strong pale ale, but the alcohol could have been tucked away a bit more cleverly.

01-08-2005 20:29:21 | More by merlin48
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle. looks like honey in the glass...light carbonation...small frothy head that lasts as a cap. Aroma of musty fruit. Mouth is a pleasant surprise...medium body...even a bit smooth...noted hint of the alcohol in this beer. Nice balance of hops and malt...very pleasing beer feel to this drink..only hint of alcohol is the warm finish and the peach-banana phenols one whiffs just prior to the swallow. Big beer with little complexity...a let down

01-07-2005 00:26:30 | More by pootz
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours with a moderate creamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all. A nice beautiful golden honey color.

Aroma is full of yeast and some wet hay, very earthy, and just a hint of apple.

Tons of flavors here, peppery, sweet with a dry finish, crisp apple undertones with some pineapple in there too. has a warm alcohol finish, great on this wintery night.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but a full bodied ale.

I liked this belgian and my wife really loved it. She's coming around.

12-31-2004 02:15:52 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
Photo of Southernbrew


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a lovely golden-orange with a smallish head.

Potent alcohol aroma combines with a peppery spiciness and an aroma I would describe as "horsey."

Big time flavors here. Medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. Noticable alcohol flavor with some bitter hoppiness as well as honey flavors and possible pineapple and caramel flavors. Near the finish I detect a flavor I would describe as musty red wine-like. Strange.

Very fine Belgian pale ale. I found the alcohol flavor a bit strong, but great nonetheless.

12-04-2004 23:01:15 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Avast ye, mateys! This be a fine brew and at 10.5% is sure to 'ave ye lookin' to board a neighbourin' vessel afore too long.

She be 'avin' a big ol' 'ead, but no shoulders, so there's no worryin' about accidentally drinkin' a parrot. And the smell... well she be strong, but I could nae place of exactly what.

As for the taste... Shiver me timbers, but I do detect enough alcohol in 'ere to scrape the barnacles off yer bottom. With just a wee bit o' nuttiness.

And the aftertaste slowly warms ye up and sticks around for a while. Which is good company for those long, lonely nights in the crows nest. Provided you don't need to come down anytime soon 'cause after a few o' these, even the heartiest o' seafarers will find himself a bit wobbly-legged.

A fine, fine grog she be.

11-29-2004 04:46:03 | More by chunkylover53
Photo of PorterLambic


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a beautiful reddish-orange color, opaque with a small tight head that drops to a film and leaves some sparse lace.
Smell is malty, sweet, orange, green apple,raisin, pepper and yeast.
Taste is malty, orange, pepper, hops, alcohol, raisin and yeast. Great complexity and flavor!
Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, warms all the way down.
Drinkability is quite high. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms. Perhaps that is a warning, 10.5% ABV should not be taken lightly no matter how good it is.

11-23-2004 01:18:57 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

10oz take-home sample off the in house tap, courtesy of the fine folks at Half Time.
The beer pours a rich, chill-hazed orange, something similar to the color of autumn leaves. A short, finely bubbled head caps the brew, leaving aptly named belgian lace all over the place. The head thins to a weak collar, but I'm not complaining, with the alcohol and whatnot.
The aroma is intriguing, for a belgian. Familiar malty, candied sweetness, but tempered by a strong floral hop presence. I'm guessing hallertau or tettnang. Plenty of fusel alcohol mingles with scooped melon and a veritable basket of estery fruitiness. There's a lot going on here. A sweetened undertow of creamy malt rounds everything out.
The first sip reveals a moody malt sweetness, almost entirely pinned beneath fusel booze and hops, hops, hops. Rock candy right up front, sprinkled with sugared bits of watermelon, peach and pear. A soft caramel wash throughout, tinting the hops with an orange haze. Plenty of floral, metallic bitterness rushing into the finish, swallowing remarkably dry for the suggested sweetness. Phenolic cinnamon and clove notes. Booze attacks the inside of the throat with a lingering heat, better fitted of a good scottish whisky. A lingering fruity, hoppy, boozey bite on the back of the tongue, with traces of rock candy melting away from the heat like ice on a hot sidewalk. Impeccably fine bubbled, sturdy carbonation briskly carries a creamy, thick mouthfeel. Strong stuff, be sure to wear galoshes.
What a beer. As big as it is, it feels balanced. The hops stand out, which is impressive in the style (whatever this one is). If I were to taste this blind, I'd peg it as american brewed, with it's hybridized feel. I don't think I could make a habit of this stuff, but it would certainly appeal to those that like a strong cocktail. Sticky sweet with a boozey prickle. I certainly wouldn't pass up another taste, provided I'm not driving home.

11-16-2004 01:57:54 | More by UnionMade
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured a pale golden colour with a thick foamy white head that never completely goes away, and laced well. Smells almost like peanut butter, and a bit of citrus. Taste is amazing, smooth and malty, with a dry hoppy finish. Very warming from the high ABV, but the alcohol is hardly noticeable when drinking it. This is a very flavourful Strong Pale, and I want another. :)

11-10-2004 01:39:19 | More by tatterdash
Photo of hero27


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Had this on-tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa.. The awesome tapper with the pirate on it had me entrigued. The bartender informed me that it was a Triple IPA and I absolutely had to try it..as I love IPA's in general.

Appearance: Poured into the tall Weizen glass with a humongous head. As I didn't pour it, I don't know if it this is usual for this beer, but it left a huge, pillowy head when he set it down on the bar. Not to mention, it looks like I could pour this before bed and there'd still be some head left in the morning..doesn't dissapate at all. The color is surprisingly yellow in color. I expected a more hazy/gold appearance but it is a distinct clear, straw-yellow.

Smell: Grains & grass overhelm the aroma. Smells sweet, fruity, and spicy as well. I am not a fan of too much cloves or spices so I was wary about it at this point..

Taste: mmm, surprisngly malty. Caught me off-guard with a very pleasant, fruity & sweet taste. You can definitely taste the alcohol but if I didn't know any better, I'd guess it was around an 8-9%..not 10.5. Ends dry with some grassy bitterness. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Well-balanced and defiantly smooth for such a strong beer. Warm, pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I only had one of these, but I can imagine it to be quite drinkable for such a strong alcohol beer. Definitely a belly-warmer if there ever was one, and by your 2nd or 3rd glass, you'd be one happy guy. Even though I savored this one by drinking it fairly slow, it'd be quite possible to drink a few of these bad boys in succession. It's smooth mouthfeel covers up the heavy-body and high ABV.

Overall, a solid Belgian IPA.

11-05-2004 21:09:06 | More by hero27
Photo of Dmann


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

A outstanding beer from top to bottom. This one poured a very nice golden color with a huge pillowy white head that stuck to my glass till the last drop. The smell was good with a touch of grass, a hint of pepper and a bit of bready yeast. The taste was exceptional with a nice sweet, not overly thick maltiness to start out with, followed by a very nice peppery flavor mixed slight hops and finnished with a great fruity aftertaste that was made up of a great pinnapple flavor. At 10.5% this is one to sip and savor for sure. Very highly recommended.

10-31-2004 09:03:06 | More by Dmann
Photo of mynie


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

I ordered this at a taco joint. I figured that it would be light tasting, good to wash down food with, since there was a friggin cartoon Pirate on the tapper. How wrong I was.

Pours very hazy orange/amber. Tight white head with okay retention. Good, but nothing great.

What a wonderful smell! Jesus! Its like a rosegarden had sex with a rainbow and the bastard progeny of their sinful union just bent over and farted in my face.

Tastes like an almost wheat-malt up front, slightly nutty, strong dull fruit in the back mixed with flowers. Very nice.

This wasn't the easiest beer to drink, probably because of its high alcohol content, but it was certainly very, very tasty.

10-31-2004 03:35:52 | More by mynie
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours an ever so lightly hazy deep gold color, and is topped by an off white head that is medium sized. The aroma is dry, grassy, herbal, and has a spiciness that is a bit akin to coriander. The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a grassy finish that lingers. This beer is quite interesting in its herbal-grassy character. This beer has some bright fruitiness to it as well, evoking notes of pear, apple, white grapes, and yellow raisins. Again this is pretty good beer, if not a bit sweet.

10-24-2004 19:37:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of edchicma


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Creamy, long-lasting head with excellent lacing...medium yellow-gold in color. Smell was odd...something seemed off...Unbelievable the difference between smell and taste ...the taste was great..sweet on the front, rounding into a tartness and a very nice overtone of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with a nice light tart finish. Drinkability is very good for the high abv...very easy to drink. I'd have another, although at 10.5 abv...I might regret it.

10-13-2004 00:05:02 | More by edchicma
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

One centimeter of fine, noisy, white head leaves filmy lacing. The beer is a clear, orange-gold. That's a very nice color. The nose is spicy, orangey, hoppy, excellent! The front is spicy with citrus, sweet corn, fresh grass and pepper. Rich caramel in the very buttery middle. The finish sees a nice, sweet corn reprise, with alcohol and a nice, grassy, hoppy, bitter bite. This is wonderful: full-flavored, delicious. A nice, hoppy, spicy, fruity Belgian.

10-07-2004 21:58:54 | More by kbub6f
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

From the 33cl bottle.

Pours a clear bright copper with a thick frothy ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smell grassy and spicy. Some light hoppy bitterness evident in the nose. Also yeasty and fruity smelling.

taste is spicy, peppery. Followed by fruitiness from apple and raisins. Vinous flavors, black grape. A slight alcohol burn in the finish. Hints of pepper and clove. Dry in the mouth at first and then a sticky aftertaste. Rounded, sweet flavors.

Very drinkable. Tasty and smooth for a high ABV beer. This one is fun. Really hits the spot.

10-05-2004 02:27:16 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of beragg


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

My friend and I have seen this beer in the store and both being pirate fans decided we had to try it. This beer poured a pale brown from a 11.5 oz bottle with a very huge fluffy white head, and it stayed for a a minute or so. I was actually not expecting this as I wasn't even pouring it quickly. It smelled of alcohol and citrus. The taste was spicy and alcohol. The alcohol strength definitely made it harsher and brought down the drinkability. You couldn't drink a lot of this stuff. This was the first Belgian beer I've ever had, and I wasn't let down. It was delicious.

10-03-2004 21:19:12 | More by beragg
Photo of trumick


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

This one burst and overflowed when I opened it hope it's ok???Pours a pale golden color with a huge fluffy head, not much lacing head quickly faded.
Scent is metallic, banana, yeast spice.
Taste is clove, banana, yeast, sweet malts with a huge alcohol finish, very overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, medium bodied seems to be too much carbination and really big bubbles. Along with the alcohol taste together makes for harsh mouthfeel.
Drinkability is not so great. The alcohol is just too much to be able to drink more than one of these.

Piraat, for me, is ok at best. I won't be buying one of these again. Very expensive 4.65 for 11.2 oz.

09-17-2004 02:49:49 | More by trumick
Photo of Doppel07


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Massive, thick, foamy white head. Clear golden body with moderate carbonation. Thick cottony lacing. Classic citrus and banana nose of a tripel plus some spice, yeasty aroma and a vague leathery quality. Flavor is very distinct with elements of leather, fruit peels, more spice, and prominent alcohol. This is a big, very enjoyable beer.

09-10-2004 03:27:06 | More by Doppel07
Photo of shippos

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

poured into a duvel glass with a clear golden honey yellow with a fluffy rocky white head. fruity spicy aroma with lots of citrus notes spicy corriander and good hop aroma all infront of an estery alcohol background. spicy explosin of co2 in your mouth followed by warming alcohol and a nice sugary malt mouthfeel that is moderately syrupy. a very warming beer and very drinkable as much as this style is drinkable.

08-28-2004 04:06:43 | More by shippos
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


2.68/5  rDev -34.2%

I like most Belgian beers. This is not one of them. Flat, strange tasting beer. Plenty of alcohol, which is well hidden. It just has a weird taste that I can't describe. There are so many great beers of this style, don't bother with this. Even the Bier du bouccanier (if fresh) blows this away.

08-06-2004 03:30:53 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of necoadam


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours out a orange/golden color with a huge, thick head that never goes away it seems. Smell consisted of all sorts of things. Malts, citrus, grass and some slight alcohol can also be detected. Kinda wild almost. Taste was actually sweeter than I thought it was going to be. But wow is this thing thick. After taking that first sip I knew that this was going to be a thick brew. Almost looks like a Duvel, but nowhere as thick as that beer is. Citrus and honey and malts hit the palate first with some caramel and some hop kick towards the middle and end. A little bit of that 10.5% can be detected, but is masked well by the hops and citrus notes. At first I didn't know whether I was going to like it or not, but this does get the job done. Yes it's a thick beer, but it's pretty smooth and creamy. Worth a shot for sure.

08-06-2004 01:14:46 | More by necoadam
Photo of RocketWidget


2.78/5  rDev -31.7%

My good friend CharThePirate is going to be disappointed with me, but this Ale just didn’t cut it for me.

Pours a dark yellow color, with good off white head retention. Appearance is the best part of this beer. Smell is hope like and slightly sour. Taste is disappointing. Alcohol is a dominant factor in the taste here, and not in a good way. Other high alcohol beers blend the alcohol taste with the sweetness of the malt and balance with hops. The taste of this beer is liqueur-like, with the sweetness of the malt only having a subtle impact. Slight hops. Aftertaste is of whiskey, or ironically enough rum. This beer just isn’t right for me.

07-29-2004 22:20:31 | More by RocketWidget
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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